RSPCA Australia is once again calling on the federal government to take immediate action following revelations more Australian animals have suffered horrendous cruelty in the live export trade.
The RSPCA has viewed footage of what are clearly Australian cattle taken in the Gaza Strip in Palestine. The footage comes from 31 videos uploaded onto YouTube during the Festival of Sacrifice in October this year. It is some of the most horrific and distressing footage we have seen.
The footage documents Australian cattle:
The Department of Agriculture is currently investigating these incidents.
In the meantime, the exporter or exporters implicated continue to carry on business as usual, purchasing livestock from Australian farmers for export.
One of these exporters is also the subject of two other current investigations involving the sale and slaughter of thousands of Australian sheep outside of approved supply chains.
This lack of preventative action by the regulator puts animals at risk and tells exporters that they have nothing to lose and everything to gain if they flout the rules.
It means Australian producers will have no guarantee that their livestock will be protected from similar horrific treatment.
It is time for the Government to use all powers available to it to show the Australian public that they are serious about protecting the welfare of any animals that are exported.
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